Dustin Hoffman, The Beautiful Girl & The Inner Mirror

Beautiful girl

Now I want you to watch this video. Dustin Hoffman shares an insight he got from making the 1982 movie “Tootsie”.

In preparation of the movie wherein he plays a man who poses as a woman he explores with makeup artists the possibility of turning him into a believable woman. The makeup artists turn him into a woman but not a woman that he as a man would find attractive. He does not meet his physical expectations and standards and he realizes he would never approach himself on a party. He says: “there are too many interesting women I did not have the experience to know in this life because I have been brain washed”.

The video is beautiful and touching. And it hit home. I realized that I probably would have never noticed the girl I am seeing tonight if she wasn’t attractive.

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Back in Amsterdam (surprise, surprise)

Back in Amsterdam

Just getting out my laptop out of the overhead compartment made me feel nervous. It means I have to start facing inside what I soon will be facing outside. A mere 48 hours ago I have taken the decision that I least expected I would be taking any day soon. I am on my way to Amsterdam and the plane will land in in 3 hours and 22 minutes from now. By the time you read this I will be back in my home country after 18 months of traveling.

What happened? A week ago, on the morning of the 23th of June, I woke up in Hoi An and grabbed my iPhone to check my messages. One of the emails was from my uncle who let me now that he and his wife are organizing a party and that I was invited. His direct words were: “kindly I would like to invite you to our party. Without you we won’t be complete. I hope you will be able to take a break from your Quest and come replenish in our comfort zone. Everybody will be there”. Also he offered to pay for my ticket.